Our Credentialing Process

Receiving your CIS credential is a several-step process:
  1. Required Experience – possessing the required number of years for the appropriate credential
  2. Study – taking advantage of the educational materials and courses CIS makes available for you to review and refresh your knowledge before taking the credential examination
  3. Membership – Participating in the CIS Body of Certified Professionals
  4. Application – validating your education and/or experience
  5. Examination – sitting and passing the appropriate exam
  6. Code of Ethics – committing to and abiding by principles and guidelines set forth by CIS
  7. Endorsement Process – attesting to your eligibility requirements
Maintaining your membership requires the following:

Remaining in Good Standing - to remain in good standing as a member of CIS a credential holder must:

  • Earn Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs) - Credential holders must earn the minimum number of Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs) annually during each year of the three-year certification cycle. Although members may earn more than the minimum number of CPE credits required for credential maintenance for the three-year cycle, they are still required to earn and submit the minimum annual number to maintain their certification in “good standing.”
  • Pay Annual Maintenance Fees (AMFs) - Payment of Annual Maintenance Fees (AMFs) ensures that the organization has the necessary financial resources to maintain member records, ensures certification continues to meet the needs and requirements of the market, and ensures that the organization will continue to be a functional, dynamic entity far into the future.
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